Improving the WWE Tag Team Division
The WWE needs to get some new tag teams into the division. These are the teams I'd bring in or put together if I was in charge.
The Hollywood A List (Mike "The Miz" Mizian and David Otunga)
The Long Island Express - Zack Ryder & Enzo Amore
WELSHMEN - Mason Ryan & Gavin Reed
The Kings of Wrestling
Great Khali & Jinder Mahal
The Celtic Warriors - Seamus & Drew McIntyre
Ezekial Jackson & Kofi Kingston
UK Express - Adrian Neville & Oliver Grey
SJ Bronson & Brandon Traven
Party Rockers - Xavier Woods & Mojo Rawley
The HeartBreakers Dante Dash & Mike Dalton
THE TEXANS - Denton Blackwell & Garrett Dylan
The MASTADONS - Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
ENGLISH AIR - Paul Burchill & PAC
Hell Riders - Judas Devlan & TAC
The Klick - Corey Graves & Briley Pierce
The Canadian Bulldogs - Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith
The Hart Dynasty - David Hart Smith & Ted Hart
Worlds Greatest Tag Team Ever
Dark City Fight Club
If this was two years ago, I'd totally go for Sheamus and Drew, they actually already had a fan name, 'The Celtic Connection'. But sadly Drew hasn't progressed what-so-ever and Sheamus is one of the corner stones of the WWE at the moment, so there's no real connection left any more.
I also don't like the ideas of pairing people up just because they both come from the same area. I'd much rather have a mix-mash of different wrestlers. I also don't like ethnic gimmicks which they are BOUND to have. They just seem racially insensitive. The sooner WWE stops using 'foreigner' gimmicks the better.
And David Otunga? HEEEEELL NO!
No my contributions might be a little different. I think there are plenty of tag teams at the moment and I hate the fact that every new one they debut automatically become number one contenders after one match.
"What's that, they're in experienced as a tag team... Let's strap them!"
Brodus Clay and Percy Watson, the Brothers of Funk. Because I REALLY want Percy to move up, he's been busting his hump for ages.
Brad Maddox and Tensai, classic muscle and voice pairing. Definitely unlikely, but they can have some funny backstage moments.
Conner O'Brian and anyone, mainly because he was finally on his way to the big show and his partner messed it up for him, it just doesn't seem fair...
There are several tag teams in the WWE right now, but I don't think there needs to be more teams per say. Maybe one or two and I'm okay with two single stars put together, but maybe there can be two tag matches involving these teams per show or at least on SmackDown as it is the more wrestling show of the two.
Matching attire, more promos. Not so much longer promos, but multiple chances for teams to talk for even a minute or so each week. The tag team division isn't anywhere close to what it used to be, but it can be salvaged and so far this year, it's on quite a nice pace. Just use the current talent on the roster. There are a ton of new faces from NXT up as it is. Too many new faces at once, which the WWE is currently on the verge of, and someone will just get lost in the shuffle.
JTG isn't doing anything. Team him with Truth and have a Cryme Tyme 2.0 or something. Put DiBiase with Riley or Mason Ryan to be his muscle and have a new Money Inc of sorts. The tag division could be the last resort if need be for lower cards who can't or won't ever reach the mid card again or even main event. I'm okay with that as long as the tag division is still around. Matches involving more than 2 teams are always amusing to some degree.
The Tag Team Division is super important however Vince wants instant gratification and he's trying to make a superstar overnight. There is nothing wrong with partners just being thrown together or forming naturally.
Look back and look at some of the great single wrestlers who were stuck in tag teams for the start of their career; The Rockers, Hennig & Hall, Hart Foundations, Beer Money, The Dudleys, Edge & Christian, The Hardys, Harleem Heat, The Stiener Brothers, The Bulldogs, The Freebirds, Miz & Morrosin, Hawkins & Ryder, the Hollywood Blondes.
It didn't matter if they formed naturally or were thrown together by a promoter. The only thing that mattered was they got on TV and won titles which built a foundation for future success.
WWE has made a lot of progress in the last year to rebuild the tag team division. They just have to continue and not do anything to mess it up, like putting a tag team against John Cena in yet another "Can Cena overcome the odds?" scenario.
Ezekiel Jackson & Mason Ryan - Two powerhouses who aren't doing anything at the moment.
The Miz & Alex Riley - The two former friends should reunite as faces.
Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder - Hawkins should turn face and reunited with Ryder. If neither of them are going to get a serious singles push, then they should be put in the tag division.
Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez - Ricardo needs to be wrestling already. He can do his own introduction before segueing into the normal Del Rio introduction.
The Kings of Wrestling - They don't have to necessarily be thrust into the tag division right away. Just maybe have Kassius debut by interfering in Cesaro's matches and helping him retain the U.S. Title.
Johnny Curtis & Derrick Bateman - These two guys are too funny and too entertaining to not have them on TV right now.
I would also pair John Cena & Randy Orton together as a mega star team. Just keep them from being too over powered and don't have them run everyone over. Just use their star power to give the tag division a rub.
The New Age Outlaws seem to be headed for a min-revival, this is a pretty good start and realistically if Shelton is coming back then they can do far worse than bring Charlie back too.
With Ohno and Cesaro, they could easily do a "best tag teams of their generation" type angle, with the Outlaws, WGTT and Kings Of Wrestling all facing off. Or even a KOTR style tag tourney (hence Cesaro/Ohno getting "their name back".)
What the division is missing is marquee names, so those 2 teams would suffice, IF the Hardyz came back that might also fill the void but failing that, as Miz is still stuck in interviewer hell, why not bring Morrison back and have them run for a bit?
Hell No and Rhodes Scholars are clearly short term solutions, the Outlaws are a perfect team to dethrone them at Mania and kickstart the push for the division.
I think the WWE has made definite strides in making that tag division decent again. I am not a fan of thrown together teams, but sometimes in doing that you come across something good like Kane and DB. I would not randomly pair any of the current stars, but they have a few built in teams already there. I am a huge fan of putting Hawkins and Ryder together again, and they should also pair The Kings of Wrestling. If they are going to sign Shelton Benjamin and use him as a guy to put people over then why not just sign Haas to, and they have another great tag team right there. Lastly they just signed Billy Gunn so the New Age Outlaws could reform for a while just to give some of the younger teams the rub from working with and beating them. With the teams I have just mentioned I think that would be enough to really give the division that last little bit of talent they need to make the division stand out.
Before the WWE even thinks about bringing in any new teams, they seriously need to work on their real tag teams like The Usos, International Airstrike, PTP, Epico & Primo etc. Right now none of them look important because they barely get any TV time, they don't have any storylines or feuds of their own, the WWE haven't given us any reason to care about them because they're putting all of their energy & focus on their thrown together teams and relying on them to carry the division. Team Hell No, Car Stereo and Rhodes Scholars aren't gonna last very long and if they want a future for their tag team division, they better start making Usos, IA, PTP, E&P relevant so they can carry the division and make us still care about it once those guys split up, and maybe then they won't need to randomly pair up any two guys anymore. I really don't wanna see the tag division head in the same direction as the divas division.
As for new teams or old teams they can bring in, I'd love to see the New Age Outlaws return to help put over younger teams. NAO are one of my fave tag teams of all time and PTP are my current favourite tag team in WWE right now, I'd love to see NAO feud with PTP. KOW is another awesome tag team I'd love to see the WWE bring back. I would say the same for WGTT but after all the shit that Charlie Haas has said about the WWE, I doubt they will bring him in nor do I think he'd want to go back. Maybe they could pair Shelton with Jack Swagger as a new WGTT like Mighty NorCal mentioned in another thread. Air-Boom should reunite if they ever bring back Evan Bourne, I just don't see Kofi ever going past the mid-card and I think he's a much better tag team wrestler than a singles wrestler. I'd be all for Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder reuniting since they ain't doing nothing right now and I think they would be a really popular tag team this time off of the whole Z! True Long Island Story buzz, which they could present together. Some other teams that come to mind are Alex Riley & David Otunga as a new Varsity Club tag team and Ted Dibiase Jr. & Michael McGillicutty as the new Fortunate Sons.
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